Streams Videos All Posts. John Tenniel, Few works of children's literature have stirred the imaginations of artists in virtually every medium as frequently and fruitfully as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass It's not surprising, because the stories are so wildly and hilariously illogical, the language is so whimsical, and the characters are so eccentric and memorable. Dodgson have inspired innumerable artists to create works that adapt them or allude significantly to their language, themes, or characters.
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Besides the original illustrator John Tenniel, artists Arthur Rackham and Salvador Dali produced series of works based on the books. James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, and Joyce Carol Oates have drawn on Alice imagery, and Carroll's work has inspired numerous parodies, retellings, and sequels, many recently in the form of comics and graphic novels. The books have served as the basis for video and computer games.
Dozens of films and television shows, both animated and live, have taken the Alice stories as a premise, with varying degrees of faithfulness to the sources. The eight surviving minutes of the first Alice film, an astonishingly vivid silent made by British director Cecil Hepworth in , is available on YouTube, with an effective period-appropriate soundtrack written and played by Wendy Hiscocks.
The fantastic imagery and marvelous poems draw composers like honey, and not insignificantly, Carroll's work is in the public domain, so composers can use it with impunity, unlike the tantalizing Winnie the Pooh books, which remain under copyright in the control of notoriously tight-fisted literary executors. During the s in particular, Alice was embraced by musicians who saw drug-induced psychedelic experiences mirrored in the books' phantasmagoric imagery and the characters' shape-shifting, the inspiration for many, many songs. This article will only look at Alice music in the classical tradition, but there are plenty of resources on Alice in popular music.
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John Tenniel, Alice-inspired works include operas, ballets, songs, orchestral tone poems sometimes with narration , oratorios, and film scores, ranging in style from the most conservative to the avant garde and daringly experimental. Here's a sampling of some of the most popular, wittiest, most evocative, loveliest, and just plain weirdest musical adaptations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Her credentials are impressive; she studied voice with Jenny Lind and was supported by Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim. Her charming songs are evidence of her talent, and although her grandly Romantic aria, "Ah, Moon of My Delight," and children's song, "There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden" are heard occasionally, she deserves to be better known.
His most popular work, its wit and charm made it for many years a concert favorite with American audiences, but it has gradually fallen out of the repertoire. Gerard Schwarz, cond. Milne, and Kenneth Grahame.
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In , he published eight songs from Alice in Wonderland, written in a thoroughly proper style that would not have ruffled the sensibilities of the first readers of the Alice books over 50 years earlier. As well known as a teacher, conductor, and writer as a composer, Fine spent most of his career in academia, teaching at Harvard and Brandeis. His two sets of choruses from Alice in Wonderland are anything but academic, though, and their whimsicality and memorable melodies have made them favorites with choral ensembles.
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